Major Jester

Major Jester

Once an actor, always a poet, formerly a professional speaker, and previously engaged in agriculture, Major currently writes for several venues. He has a love of history and historic architecture. He has been a living historian for multiple events and has been a college guest lecturer. He also enjoys photography and the theatre.
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  • The Beginning of the 150 Year Commemoration of the American Civil War
    South Carolina seceded from the United States on December 20, 1860. Recently the NAACP protested a gala ball was held to commemorate that event. Controversy still exists as to whether slavery or states' rights was the root cause of the conflict.
  • First Woman President of Brazil Inaugurated January 1, 2010
    The first woman in history to be elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, was sworn in January 1, 2011. The former left-wing guerrilla fighter faces may economic and social challenges, including preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
  • Tony Award Winning Musical Comedy at Beef & Boards
    Indy's Beef & Boards opens its 38th season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award winning musical comedy. This raucously funny musical romp into the antics of adolescents at a spelling bee is sure to please.
  • A History of the New Year Celebration
    The celebration of the New Year traces its roots back to pagan festivals. We can thank Julius Caesar and the Roman god Janus for the modern date for the beginning of each New Year.
  • Predictions and Observations that Failed the Test of Time
    People have always made predictions about the future. Developments in technology always spark predictions and observations from scientists, inventors and philosophers. Occasionally predictions fail, giving us a chance to smile knowingly.
  • The Best Performing Stocks of 2010
    2010 was an interesting year for the stock market. Despite other gloomy economic news the S & P 500 index managed a 13% gain in 2010. Here are some of the best performing stocks of 2010.
  • Some More of the Worst TV Ads
    The year 2010 has seen TV audiences assaulted with many ridiculous and obnoxious advertisements. Ford, Staples, Old Navy and Extenze now join the ranks of the worst TV ads.
  • Ten Famous People Who Died in 2010
    Tom Bosley, Mitch Miller, Leslie Nielsen, Elizabeth Edwards and Don Meredith are but a few of those who have touched our lives for the last time. Once again we mourn the loss of those famous celebrities who have died in the last twelve months.
  • Indiana Lt. Governor Skillman Will Not Run for Governor
    Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced Monday that she would not seek election as the next Governor. Citing minor health issues, Skillman stated she did not want the stress of a political campaign. She will finish her term as Lt. Governor.
  • Christmas Poem
    A haiku of Christmas
  • "A Beef & Boards Christmas 2010" in Indianapolis
    Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre opened in 1973, and has earned the reputation of providing a delicious buffet followed by a live show. "A Beef and Boards Christmas 2010" continues this fine Indianapolis holiday tradition.
  • Poem of a Midnight Moonlit Walk
    Poem set decades ago as a young man embarks on a contemplative walk in a snow covered landscape.
  • Walmart Recalls Electric Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Walmart announced on December 16th that an electric space heater is being recalled. Many reports of fire and smoke related injuries prompted the recall. These space heaters can be returned for a full refund.
  • Franklin, Indiana Celebrates Christmas with Lights
    Franklin, Indiana is a small town located south of Indianapolis. Christmas is celebrated there with a potpourri of beautiful light displays.
  • Kokopelli, a Southwest Native American Deity
    Kokopelli is an ancient fertility god revered to this day by Native American tribes in the Southwest. Dating back 3000 years to the Anasazi, this hunch backed flautist has a long history of being a god, storyteller, trader, and often a trickster.
  • Worst TV Ads: Madison Avenue Still at It
    Cialis, Charmin, Quiznos, Gieco Insurance, and others assault our sensibilities with dumb TV advertisements. Do the ad men think the public appreciates these absurd presentations? Do we really need a story line about erectile dysfunction or toilet paper?
  • Lawrenceburg, Indiana Bell Tower and Clock Overlook the Ohio River
    Begun as a temporary location for the Argosy Casino, the cut in the levee at Lawrenceburg is home to the Town Clock and Bell Tower. A Memorial to the Common Man honors both Military and First Responders. The Argosy is now the Hollywood Casino.
  • Unique Leather Holiday Gift You Can Make for Your Brother
    A handmade leather pouch will make a unique holiday gift for your brother. Original in design, this Christmas gift will add a personal touch to your gift giving this year. Handmade crafts are always appreciated. Your brother is no exception.
  • Smooth Dog Shark Interactive Display at the Indianapolis Zoo
    The Indianapolis Zoo offers its patrons a unique opportunity to interact and touch smooth dog sharks. At the large indoor pool in the Oceans building you may reach in and touch the sharks as they swim. This is a marvelous interactive display.
  • Review of Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill in the Greenwood Park Mall
    The Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill in the Greenwood Park Mall is an excellent choice for a meal break during your Christmas shopping. Located a mere 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, this Applebee's offers excellent dining.
  • 2010 Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo
    Christmas at the Zoo is the annual holiday light spectacular held at the Indianapolis Zoo during December. The 2010 version features acres of lights, cool weather loving animals, Santa's Village, Holiday Train rides, and Christmas carolers galore.
  • Unsettled Dimensions
    A poem concerning the spiritual activity in all dimensions, and what some may choose to do.
  • Historic Barns Fall to Neglect, Time, and Environment
    Historic barns and sheds are an important piece of the landscape of America. Unfortunately, neglect and time are taking its toll on these fine structures.
  • Blue Moon Verse
    Haiku about the November 22, 2011 Blue Moon
  • Obsolete Vintage Toys, Candy, and Memorabilia from My Childhood
    Many things that I enjoyed as a kid are no longer available. Vintage candy cigarettes, Mattel Fanner 50 cap guns, and Sears toy soldier sets were some of my favorites. Most are now considered memorabilia or examples of pop culture.
  • The Pale Gray Mist
    Weather conditions influence our senses as Earth provides our daily environment. Consider this poetry about fog on a fall morning.
  • A Senior Shares Memories of Old Technology
    Technology has changed every aspect of our lives. The memoirs of a senior reveal some of the drastic changes technology has brought to daily living when compared to those days decades ago.
  • I Shed a Tear Tonight
    My search for a long lost friend.
  • The Strength of Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving celebrated in verse
  • A monument to a veteran tells the story of his service
    With Veteran's Day just around the corner, it seemed fitting that we would come across this tombstone in a cemetery in southern Indiana. The intricate detail of the limestone carving of this WWI infantryman captures the essence of this man's service.
  • Close up photography on a frosty morning
    A morning frost provided an opportunity for some interesting photography.
  • Flight in Front of the Moon
    The October 2010 full moon was rising in the clear sky, almost begging to be the subject of the camera. Imagine my surprise when, through the viewfinder, I noticed an object crossing in front of the shining orb. The resulting images are posted here.
  • Verse About Health Plan Design
    So many diet and exercise plans are touted everywhere, one doesn't always know where to turn.
  • November 2010 Election: My Take in Verse
    The 2010 mid term election, all agree, is extremely important. Both sides say the other will destroy the country. Which country do you want?
  • Fire Prevention Week Warning! Extension Cords Responsible for Many Fire Deaths
    Most fires in the home are caused by electrical problems. Use National Fire Prevention Week as a reason to rid your home of cheap, non UL listed extension cords.
  • 2010 Fire Prevention Week Stresses Smoke Detectors
    The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office, a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), is promoting "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 3-9, with NFPA.
  • Autumn's Arrival Haiku
    Autumn is upon the countryside as this haiku proclaims.
  • Halloween Decor Then and Now
    A look via verse at the Halloween decorations in decades past as compared to the present day plethora of lights, statues, sound effects and other scary notions.
  • Field Fire in Central Indiana Continues a Cycle of Destruction and Fear
    Central and southern Indiana is suffering under moderate to severe drought. A rash of field fires has plagued the farming community. Fifty six counties have declared a ban on open burning, however careless disposal of cigarettes continues to start fires.
  • Indiana Drought Results in Field Fire
    Low humidity, high winds and apparently careless flipping of a cigarette combined to start a field fire in Shelby County, Indiana. Acres of dry stubble and standing corn were burned. Local farmers and many volunteer fire departments fought the blaze.
  • Annabelle the Huge Praying Mantis
    Towering over the Chadwick Arboretum on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, Annabelle the praying mantis will grab your attention. Displayed in an OSU garden for the study of phenology, this sculpture is most impressive, and fun.
  • Ohio State Buckeye Football Traditions
    I was blessed to receive an invitation from my son and daughter-in-law to join them at the Ohio State Buckeye home football game on September 25, 2010. I gladly accepted, and I soon found myself on the way to the Ohio State campus in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Terrelle Pryor, #2 OSU Rout EMU 73-20
    The #2 OSU Buckeyes, led by Jr. QB Terrelle Pryor defeated then Eastern Michigan Eagles in a lopsided game on Saturday. Pryor, who is in contention for the Heisman Trophy this season, scored by passing, running, and receiving.
  • September Sunset
    The sunset on September 24, 2010 painted a colorful canvas to end the day in central Indiana. Rainfall is still needed, as the area is under drought conditions and the threat of wildfires is high.
  • Harvest 2010 Corn and Soybeans
    Images of corn and soybeans close to ready for harvest in Indiana, September 2010.
  • British Royal Family Attends Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Service
    Senior members of the British Royal family attend a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Prince William, an RAF helicopter pilot, attended the service with the Duchess of Cornwall and his father, the Prince of Wales.
  • A Review of Frisch's Big Boy #551 in Cleveland, Ohio
    A Frisch's Big Boy in Cleveland, Ohio proved to be somewhat disappointing. This restaurant review details the good and the not so good at this location.
  • A Review of the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Madison, Indiana
    The Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant in Madison, Indiana proved to be a good choice. This review of the buffet sheds light on the outstanding meal and service at this location.
  • Turkey Vulture Facts and Pictures
    The New World turkey vulture is a fascinating and important bird in the North American ecosystem. It cleans the landscape of carrion.
  • Meadow Lake Wind Farm Provides Clean, Green Energy to Indiana
    Clean, green energy is being generated by a massive wind farm in north central Indiana. The Horizon Meadow Lake project is online, providing enough electrical power to serve 60,000 Indiana homes.
  • Small Town Americana at the Bears of Blue River Festival Parade
    The Bears of Blue River Festival has held a parade for years. The Shelbyville, Indiana event provides a potpourri of parade entries including High School bands, floats, and Shriner motorized units.
  • Lightning Video
    Video of a thunderstorm with lightning about 45 miles from the vantage point of the video camera.
  • Sequence of Images of a Lightning Strike
    Still images from a video show the sequence of a lightning strike during a June storm cell about 45 miles from the camera.
  • Richmond, Indiana AARS Rose Garden
    Richmond, Indiana is home to one of only 130 public display rose gardens authorized by the All-American Rose Selection group AARS. Over 1100 rose bushes represent over 100 varieties of these award winning roses.
  • Soccer in Haiku
    Interest in the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa runs high with some. Others do not care for European football. This verse addresses ABC network coverage ads, among other things.
  • Images of the Real Moth Shown In the Lunesta® Sleep Aid Ads
    Lunesta® is a popular sleep aid made by Sepracor. The Luna moth has become an easily recognized logo of Lunesta®. Here are images of a real Luna moth, Actias luna.
  • Last Sunset of May, 2010
    A brilliant sunset captured in pictures portray the end of May, 2010.
  • The Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky
    Fort Knox, Kentucky is home to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor. The museum houses a very impressive collection of armored vehicles and highlights the evolution of armor and mechanized cavalry and the military career of George S. Patton.
  • "Kids Say the Darndest Things" Author Art Linkletter Dead at Age 97
    Art Linkletter died at the age of 97 at his home in Bel-Air. Known for his best seller "Kids Say the Darndest Things" filled with humorous interviews with kids, Linkletter was also a famous TV host of "House Party" and "People are Funny".
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 23 - May 29, 2010
    National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 23 to 29, 2010. The National Hurricane website (part of NOAA) presents easy to understand information, preparation tips, and other vital life saving topics.
  • Historic 1880 Covered Bridge Still In Use
    Historic Covered Bridges are disappearing at an alarming rate. It is refreshing to see an 1880 bridge not only saved, but restored in place. Decatur County, Indiana has done just that.
  • In Case of Fire...
    Fire alarm pull stations are designed for occupants to use to notify all others that a fire emergency exits in a particular building. However, the pull station must be in good working order to function.
  • The "Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden Flag and Rattlesnakes
    The Gadsden flag, with its stark yellow background, coiled rattlesnake, and ominous "Don't Tread On Me" warning first served the Continental Navy in the American Revolution. This flag has become a symbol of the conservative Tea Party movement.
  • The Legacy of the Stone Walls of Dublin, Ohio
    Dublin, Ohio has examples of both old and new limestone walls scattered throughout the town. This stonecraft continues today in architectural stone fences bordering property lines and signage.
  • Dublin, Ohio "Art in Public Places": Field of Corn
    Ohio artist Malcom Cochran created and placed 109 large ears of concrete corn to commemorate the history of Dublin, Ohio's legacy as a farming community. Osage Orange Trees also contribute to the eye-catching display.
  • Dublin, Ohio and Chief Leather Lips of the Ohio Wyandotte Tribe
    The history of Dublin, Ohio is rich and varied. One important piece of that history is the story of Chief Leather Lips. A striking sculpture of Leather Lips now overlooks the Scioto River, and adds to Dublin's draw as a travel destination.
  • Historic Marysville, Ohio
    Marysville, Ohio is home to a multitude of historic buildings. The Uptown district is filled with many interesting shops and restaurants, as well as beautiful churches.
  • Thunderstorm Video
    A strong thunderstorm rumbled through the area shortly after dark. One inch of rain later, the skies cleared.
  • Immature Dove Soon Ready to Leave the Nest
    This immature dove was raised in a nest constructed by robins last season.
  • The Top 3 Indiana Microbreweries Are Brewpubs
    Indiana has 32 microbreweries, and any style of locally brewed beer is available. The top 3 are also Brewpubs, complimenting beer tasting adventures with fine cuisine. All provide award winning beer for your enjoyment.
  • The Top 3 Bars in Shelbyville, Indiana Offer Booze, Food, and Fun
    The top three bars in Shelbyville, Indiana have different character, and each have their own colorful history. Nightlife in Shelbyville would not be the same without these fine hometown establishments.
  • You Have To Love a Flea Market
    Flea Markets, like garage and yard sales, provide an incredible variety of items for sale. The opportunity to find a great bargain is there, and it is also just plain fun to view all of the merchandise.
  • Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies® Combo Kit to Open Your Pool
    Spring is here and it's time to open the backyard swimming pool for another season of fun and frolic. Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies® sells a kit both in store and online that contains almost everything you need to open your pool this year.
  • Haiku Concerning Top Burger Joints
    Associated Content Articles about top 3 burger joints provide a cornucopia of mouth watering burger reviews. This haiku comments on same.
  • Central Indiana's Top 3 Burger Joints Provide Hoosier Hospitality
    Shelbyville, Indiana provides three top restaurants for the best burgers around. Indiana Live! Casino NASCAR Grill, Applebee's, and Bev's Country Diner offer different atmosphere and menus, but equally delicious burgers.
  • The Amazing Beauty of Flowering Trees
    Springtime brings the flowering trees to bloom. Remarkable beauty is displayed as the flowers provide an overture for the greenery to come.
  • Moonlight on a Pond
    Haiku of the moon, a pond, and fish.
  • Snow Melting Overlaps Buds Sprouting
    Winter yields to Spring courtesy of Old Sol.
  • 2010 Oscars: Who Has the Best Odds to Win
    The world awaits the winners of the 2010 Oscars. Many media and blog outlets have forecast their predictions: Avatar or The Hurt Locker for best Best Picture? Can Kathryn Bigelow break the bastion of "males only" win Best Director of a war movie?
  • 1831 Grave Remains in the Center of Rural Indiana Road
    This grave of the wife of the great, great, great grandson of Pocahontas and John Rolfe remained after other graves were moved to make way for a road. Her grandson prohibited the grave relocation at gun-point.
  • Animal Behavior Predicting Earthquakes
    Did animal behavior gives clues before the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile? Some theories propose that close observation of animal behavior can provide accurate earthquake prediction.
  • Toyota Recall Prompts Company to Release Public Relations TV Spot
    The Toyota recalls and production halt have devastated the Japanese auto maker's reputation as a producer of quality vehicles. In an effort to rebuild the consumer's confidence, Toyota is airing a TV spot that is both an apology and a plea.
  • U.S.A.A.C. Section 625 and the Croix De Guerre: My Grandfather in WWI
    The history of World War I includes my grandfather, who was an American volunteer ambulance driver like Hemingway. While in U.S.A.A.C. Section 625, Rex Forsyth received the Croix de Guerre for bravery, and served by saving lives.
  • The Grover Museum in Shelbyville, Indiana: Pure History
    When you travel in central Indiana be sure to stop at the Grover Museum in Shelbyville. The facility is operated by the Shelby County Historical Society. Displays of local artifacts, railroad memorabilia and 1900 era stores and shops highlight the museum.
  • Frankln, Indiana Civil War Memorial Fountain
    Franklin, Indiana boasts a beautiful fountain honoring Johnson County Civil War soldiers. Of note the Cavalry Trooper atop the structure is not outfitted with Civil War gear. Did the artist know the depiction was of a later period soldier?
  • Colts Beat Jets: On to Super Bowl 2010
    The Indianapolis Colts won the AFC Championship by beating the New York Jets 30-17 Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts now head to Super Bowl 2010 in Miami on February 7th.
  • Hoar Frost: Funny Name, Delicate Images
    A clear sunny 17 degree morning revealed a wonderland of Hoar Frost, formed when the saturated air deposits ice crystals on surfaces that are below the freeze point.
  • Haiti Earthquake: A Reminder to Prepare
    The Haitian earthquake should make all citizens rethink their preparedness planning for disasters at home. Decide now to make survival kits and plan for disasters.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Early Years
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his education at age 5, skipped two high school years and was entered college at age 15. As the country celebrates MLK Day 2010 Day of Service, we remember his accomplishments.
  • A New Path for a 58 Year Old Fat Man: New Resolve, Exercise and a Video Game
    A 58 year old overweight man with Type II diabetes finally makes a decision about his health. The story of the decision to start an exercise regimen with a video game is told.
  • Images of the Winter Landscape
    Travel on a snowy day was required, so why not take some pictures of the snow covered landscape? A golf course, devoid of golfers, seemed a quiet spot.
  • Product Review: Hayward 1 HP Swimming Pool Pump
    The Hayward Pool Supply Company provides quality products. Their 1 HP pumps are some of the best on the market.
  • The Use of Colorful Boulders in Architecture in a Park
    A City Park In Connersville, Indiana, has made use of thousands of glacial boulders in building fronts, stone fences, and other construction.
  • Top 5 Technologies that Should Have Been Made Obsolete in 2009
    Technology changes at light speed. Sometimes old technologies hang on. This is a list of the top 5 technologies that should have become obsolete in 2009.
  • Moon Trees from NASA Apollo 14 Lunar Mission
    Astronaut Stuart Roosa, a former Smoke Jumper with the USFS, was the Command Module Pilot of Apollo 14. He carried tree seeds with him throughout the flight, and Moon Trees now grow around the country.
  • Poem: New Year's 2010 Resolution
    Poem concerning 2010 New Year's resolutions, complete with thoughts about past failures and the path to success in 2010.
  • Holiday Haiku Blessings
    Haiku concerning Holiday blessings
  • Purdue University Student Union Christmas Decorating Traditions
    Families and students come for pictures and fun at Purdue's Student Union Great Hall, home of a huge Christmas tree, gingerbread house, and festive lights.
  • The Assassination of William McKinley
    William McKinley, the 25th President, was shot by an avowed anarchist named Leon Czolgosz in 1901. He lingered for over a week before his death. A new simple procedure might have saved his life.
  • New Year's Eve: History of New York City Times Square Dropping Ball
    New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square are highlighted by the lowering of the lighted ball. The history of the time ball and the New York Times celebration is given.
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